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Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Inspiration and Rivalry

Adriaan Waiboer Arthur K. Wheelock Blaise Ducos Eric Jan Sluijter



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Yale University
17 February 2017
A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art. The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic. They drew inspiration from each other's painting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal.

The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life. Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities. Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships - comparative and competitive - among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris.

Contributions by:   Arthur K. Wheelock, Blaise Ducos, Eric Jan Sluijter, Piet Bakker
Edited by:   Adriaan Waiboer
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 255mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   2.120kg
ISBN:   9780300222937
ISBN 10:   0300222939
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adriaan E. Waiboer is curator of northern European art at the National Gallery of Ireland. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. is curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Blaise Ducos is curator of 17th-and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Musee du Louvre.

Reviews for Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

[An] impressive catalogue . . . [that] brings welcome and enduring order to a phenomenon in Dutch painting that occurred between about 1650 and 1675: a flourishing of paintings of indoor activities, rendered with extraordinary attention to light effects, color, and texture. . . . Highly recommended. --A. Golahny, Choice

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